Allison first discovered her love for teaching when as a high school student she worked as a dance instructor for young children. During the last 18 years, she has taught everything from preschool through college, working as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and professor of education.
A true lifelong learner, Allison has a Masters in Reading and Literacy and is currently working on her dissertation, the final step in completing her doctorate in teacher leadership.
Born and raised in Iowa, Allison is an avid Hawkeye fan. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Carl, and two children, Samantha and Nathan. To bring balance to her life, she enjoys jogging, reading, coffee with friends, and traveling.
She shares her talents with us as a writer, instructor, and presenter. Her work includes the Parent Pipeline, Lit Lessons, Common Core Alignment to the CAFE Menu, lead articles for the Tip of the Week, and more. Most recently Allison has spent time working closely with Gail to develop the Essential Elements for Daily 5, CAFE, and Math Daily 3. She is the lead instructor for the online seminars and graduate courses.